Hull KR’s Tony Smith reveals relationship between him and the players

Tony Smith will take charge of Hull KR for the last year in 2022.

His announcement shocked the rugby league fraternity with the former Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves boss enjoying a stellar spell at Craven Park.

But, Smith is adamant that he still has the support of his Rovers players and that if he didn’t then he would not be at the club as it stands.

“I asked the players if they were on board, I let them know if I’m not the right coach for them then they should let me know,” Smith said.

“I’ve done that for three and a half years – I’m only of use to the players if they tell me I am.

“I have a good relationship with them and I’m only a good coach if the players let me know I am.

“I find it surprising that people think that is unusual at this point in time.”

Smith also reveals an important aspect of the relationship between himself and the squad.

“They are a good bunch of boys and we speak honestly about their careers and our careers together and that’s my job to better their careers.

“It’s important I check in on that.”

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